Dora García

Love With Obstacles

November 6 - December 19, 2021

The different meanings of love —its strategies, forms of manifestation, intimacies, and forms of public production —form the backdrop of Dora García’s works.

Love with Obstacles focused on the extraordinary career of Alexandra Kollontai (St. Petersburg, 1872 - Moscow, 1952), an author, Marxist feminist, October revolutionary, political exile and diplomat. Garcia’s film draws inspiration from Kollontai’s legacy conserved in the Moscow archives and asks a pressing question: What has and hasn’t been told about Kollontai and her vision for the future of a socialist feminist revolution? Love with Obstacles is the first installment of Garcia’s feature film Amor Rojo, a cinematic portrait of this extraordinary woman whose life spans across a century of feminism, from its first wave to its fourth and fifth, across a couple of oceans and from Russia to Mexico and the Pacific. (When completed, the film will be exhibited at Amant in 2022.) Kollontai’s legacy is central to any genealogy of modern feminism and its role in the history of ideas. The feminist movement’s renewed surge owes much to the inspiration of women like Alexandra Kollontai.

Produced by Auguste Orts. With support from Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Kulturrådet Oslo, KUF grant, KHiO Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Garage Field Research, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, On & For Production and Distribution.

Readings of letters and diary entries
written by Alexandra Kollontai.
The audio recordings are read by Mette Edvardsen, Alex Reynolds, Olga de Soto and Samah Hijawiu as part of the film Love with Obstacles and produced by Dora Garcia and Auguste Orts.
About the artist
Dora García was born in 1965 in Valladolid and lives in Barcelona. She represented Spain at the 54th Venice Biennial in 2011. Dora Garcia’s works have been exhibited in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía,Madrid; Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, Brussels; Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Fonderie Darling - Centre d’Arts Visuels, Montreal; FRAC Île-de-France, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris, among others. Dora García was part of (d)OCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, 2nd Athens Biennial, Lyon Biennial, 29th São Paulo Biennial and Gwangju Biennial and more.